IRVINE, Calif. -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended Oct. 3, 2015.
"We had a great quarter, reflecting continued execution on our strategy," said Alain Monie, Ingram Micro CEO. "We drove strong operating leverage while continuing to build our capabilities in key strategic areas such as advanced solutions, lifecycle services, commerce and fulfillment solutions and cloud. Our teams remained focused on generating strong returns on capital, which resulted in expanded margins, with non-GAAP operating margin reaching the highest level for a third quarter in more than a decade, a 21% increase in non-GAAP earnings per share on a currency neutral basis versus last year and $340 million in operating cash flow for the quarter. Our focus on structurally improving our cash conversion cycle is yielding results and we now expect to generate more than $1 billion in operating cash flow for the full year, even as we deploy capital to support revenue growth in our seasonally strongest fourth quarter.
"Consistent with our strategy to expand in higher value and services areas," Monie said, "we recently announced our intent to acquire the commerce solutions business of DOCDATA N.V. and value-add IT solutions provider Grupo ACAO. We expect to leverage our global infrastructure and world-class partnerships to accelerate growth and profitability in these businesses and, upon close, each is expected to immediately contribute to further margin expansion and non-GAAP earnings.
"In addition to strong execution across the business," Monie continued, "this quarter we continued to deliver on our commitment to return capital to shareholders, paying our first ever quarterly dividend and repurchasing more than $160 million in stock during the third quarter, bringing total repurchases to $206 million since we resumed our program this May."
Third Quarter Results of Operations
Worldwide third quarter sales were $10.5 billion, down 6 percent in U.S. dollars and up 2 percent on a currency neutral basis. Excluding the negative impact related to the company exiting portions of its North American mobility distribution business, as previously disclosed, worldwide third quarter sales were up approximately 5 percent on a currency neutral basis.
Non-GAAP operating income of $169 million was up 5 percent in U.S. dollars, or up 15 percent on a currency neutral basis, over last year. Non-GAAP operating margin of 1.60 percent grew 17 basis points over last year, the highest level for a third quarter in more than a decade.
North America delivered strong profitability with a 42 basis point increase in non-GAAP operating margin, as the region benefited from robust sales of advanced and specialty solutions and higher volumes in mobility lifecycle services. North America revenue was down 13 percent, or down 11 percent on a currency neutral basis, primarily due to exiting portions of the region's mobility distribution business that did not meet the company's profitability requirements, as well as lower sales of PCs and tablets, especially when compared to robust PC growth last year.
Asia Pacific delivered strong operating leverage, as non-GAAP operating income growth of 23 percent was more than triple the region's 6 percent revenue growth rate. On a currency neutral basis, the region's revenue grew 16 percent, largely due to continued solid growth inIndia, Australia and China, as well as contribution from recent value-focused acquisitions inTurkey and Saudi Arabia.
Europe revenue declined 8 percent in U.S. dollars, but was up 8 percent on a currency neutral basis, in part due to the recent acquisition of Anovo and strong smart phone sales, as well as modest growth in technology solutions. Non-GAAP operating margin declined 2 basis points, as strong year-over-year improvement with expanding gross and operating margins in the company's European technology solutions business was more than offset by efforts to build out higher margin strategic businesses, including in mobility and to expand the company's cloud marketplace throughout the region.
Latin America had robust revenue growth in excess of 30 percent on a currency neutral basis (11 percent in U.S. dollars), resulting from strong growth in Mexico and Brazil, as well as the contribution from recent acquisitions. Profitability in the region remains solid.
2015 third quarter non-GAAP net income was $103 million, with non-GAAP earnings of 67 cents per diluted share, up 8 percent when compared to the 2014 third quarter, and up 21 percent on a currency neutral basis. Compared to the same period in 2014, the translation of foreign currencies negatively impacted 2015 third quarter non-GAAP earnings by 8 cents per diluted share. This amount was 2 cents greater than the foreign exchange impact the company anticipated when it provided its earnings outlook for the 2015 third quarter.
Key 2015 third quarter business highlights:
- Ingram Micro's commerce and fulfillment sales grew by double digits in the 2015 third quarter on a currency neutral basis. Following the close of the 2015 third quarter, the company announced its intention to significantly broaden its commerce and fulfillment solutions footprint in Europe with the acquisition of Docdata, one of the leading European providers of order fulfillment, returns logistics and online payment services. Docdata provides critical commerce solutions to major retailers, brands and promising start-ups and currently handles between 125,000 and 250,000 orders on a daily basis, with major operations in Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Docdata is expected to contribute in excess of $150 million in annual services revenue to Ingram Micro and to contribute 5 to 7 cents to 2016 non-GAAP earnings per share. Closing is expected toward the end of 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval and DOCDATA N.V. shareholder approval.
- Last week, the company announced its intention to acquire Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Grupo ACAO (ACAO), one of Latin America's leading providers of critical value-add IT solutions. In addition to a portfolio of higher value products, including those from strategic vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, EMC and VMware, ACAO also provides integration services, sales support and financial services, with major operations in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. ACAO is expected to contribute in excess of $300 million in annual value-add solutions revenue to Ingram Micro and contribute approximately 4 cents to 2016 full year non-GAAP earnings per share. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions, is expected to close late in the 2015 fourth quarter.
- Ingram Micro grew its Cloud business by more than 100 percent year-over-year on a constant currency basis in the 2015 third quarter, benefiting from the continued global expansion of its cloud marketplace. The company has recently expanded into India,Singapore and Malaysia and Ingram Micro's automated Cloud Marketplace is now available for vendor partners and customers in 16 countries worldwide. The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace is an ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that empowers channel partners and IT professionals to configure, provision and manage cloud technologies in one single integrated place. The Cloud Marketplace enables efficient management of the complete end-customer cloud subscription lifecycle from a single, automated platform, and offers an end-to-end portfolio of vetted cloud solutions that covers all major business categories including infrastructure, security, communication and collaboration, business applications and platform, and cloud management services.
- Working capital days at the end of the quarter were 25 days, a 2 day improvement both from the 2015 second quarter and last year's third quarter, resulting from the company's global working capital improvement program.
- Ingram Micro repurchased 6.4 million shares during the 2015 third quarter for a total cost of $161 million. Since May 2015, when the company resumed its repurchase program, it has repurchased more than 8 million shares for a total cost of $206 million.
- The company realized approximately $5 million in cost savings during the 2015 third quarter related to its previously announced cost savings program, which has included implementing lean corporate initiatives. The company continues to expect to realize$10 million ($40 million annual run rate) of total cost savings in the 2015 fourth quarter and is on-track to deliver annual global cost savings of $100 million in 2016.
- Ingram Micro expanded its strategic relationship with Dell, as it was named an authorized Dell Federal distribution partner.
The Ingram Micro Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share of the company's common stock. The dividend will be paid on November 24, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of market on November 10, 2015.
The following statements are based on the company's current expectations for the 2015 fourth quarter and exclude the amortization of intangible assets, charges associated with acquisition-related costs, reorganization, integration and transition costs and charges associated with expense reduction programs and the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses related to the translation effect on Euro-based inventory purchases in Ingram Micro's pan-European entity. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.
For the 2015 fourth quarter, foreign exchange headwinds are expected to negatively impact worldwide revenue by approximately 6 percent, or by more than $800 million, and to negatively impact non-GAAP earnings per diluted share by 10 cents when compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Ingram Micro currently expects 2015 fourth quarter revenue to reflect a historic seasonal sequential increase in the mid- to high teens over the 2015 third quarter and to be between $12.0 billion and $12.6 billion. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the 2015 fourth quarter are expected to be in the range of $1.00 to $1.07, which includes the negative impact of 10 cents related to currency movement when compared with the fourth quarter last year, and reflects an increase of 12 percent to 19 percent over the 2014 fourth quarter on a currency neutral basis. The company also now expects to generate more than $1 billion in cash flow from operations for the 2015 full year, up from earlier expectations of $700 million in cash flow from operations for the 2015 full year, even as the company deploys capital to support revenue growth in its seasonally strongest fourth quarter.
In addition to GAAP results, Ingram Micro is reporting non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. These non-GAAP measures exclude charges associated with reorganization, acquisitions, integration and transition costs, including those associated with the company's previously announced cost savings programs, and the amortization of intangible assets. These non-GAAP financial measures also exclude a charge related to an impairment of internally developed software in the second quarter of 2015 resulting from the company's decision to stop its global ERP deployment, a charge in the third quarter of 2015 for an estimated settlement of employee related taxes assessed in Europe, and a benefit related to the receipt of an LCD flat panel class action settlement in 2014. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share also exclude the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses related to the translation effect on Euro-based inventory purchases in Ingram Micro's pan-European entity.
The non-GAAP measures noted above are primary indicators that Ingram Micro's management uses internally to conduct and measure its business and evaluate the performance of its consolidated operations and operating segments. Ingram Micro's management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful because they provide meaningful comparisons to prior periods and an alternate view of the impact of acquired businesses. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Ingram Micro's business. A material limitation associated with these non-GAAP measures as compared to the GAAP measures is that they may not be comparable to other companies with similarly titled items that present related measures differently. The non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the periods presented is attached to the press release.
Conference Call and Webcast
Additional information about Ingram Micro's financial results will be presented in a conference call with presentation slides today at 5 p.m. ET. To listen to the conference call webcast and view the accompanying presentation slides, visit the company's website atwww.ingrammicro.com (Investor Relations section). The conference call is also accessible by telephone at (877) 869-3847 (toll-free within the United States and Canada) or (201) 689-8261 (other countries).
The replay of the conference call with presentation slides will be available for one week atwww.ingrammicro.com (Investor Relations section) or by calling (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415, conference ID "13619338."
About Ingram Micro Inc.
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